LEBANON -- Local businesswoman Barbara Jo William Hurd died at home Tuesday, May 31, 2011 following a long and courageous battle with cancer. Born in 1936 in Weston, West Virginia and raised in Virginia, she graduated from Washington-Lee High School in 1954 and from the University of Tennessee (Knoxville) with a B.S. degree in home economics in 1958.
Immediately following graduation, she married J. Brent Hurd of Donelson. She was employed by the Tennessee Department of Human Services as a social worker for 10 years and helped many local families.
Mrs. Hurd founded Hurd Properties, Inc. in Lebanon in 1986. She was a member of the Lebanon Year Round Garden Club, the Green Hills Womens Club and the Westland United Methodist Church. Mrs. Hurd was also a member of the Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors. She and her husband were members of Ilene’s Travel Group of Mt. Juliet for 20 years, visiting many U.S. cities and foreign countries.
The family will receive friends at Sellars Funeral Home in Lebanon between the hours of 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 2.
Funeral services are scheduled for 3 p.m. Friday, June 3 and will be conducted by Dr. John Cheetham. Private entombment will follow in Hermitage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Survivors include: her husband of 53 years Brent Hurd; son Raymond (Mimi) Hurd and daughters Brenda (Phillip) Barnes, Becky (Kelly) Halsey and Beverly (Rodney) Gibbs. Also surviving: sister Alicia Blamphin of Annapolis MD, and sister-in-law Brownie Freeman along with grandchildren Deanna Barnes, Madelyn Barnes, Olivia Hurd, Sam Hurd and Zoey Halsey.
Active pallbearers: Raymond Hurd, Phillip Barnes, Kelly Halsey, Sam Hurd, John Martin Blamphin and John Merrick Blamphin. Honorary: Arthur Jones, Dick Freeman, Ron Buck, Hale Moss, Ilene’s Travel Group, Joe Harrison, Charlie Harrison, Blake Freeman, Don Mathis, Rodney Gibbs, Eric Gillberg, Johnny Noel, Lee Noel, Dr. Hardie Sorrells, Glyn Newton and John Yount.
Memorials will be welcomed by Alive Hospice (1718 Patterson St, Nashville 37203).
Arrangements by Sellars Funeral Home, Lebanon.
By ANGEL KANE,
Wilson Living Magazine
On any given Monday, if you ask me what I’m doing – I’ll tell you – “I’m dieting.” It’s been that way since I was 16. And there isn’t a diet out there that I haven’t tried.
I’ve been on the Hollywood Diet, a 48 hour diet comprised of only drinking a fruit juice concoction. (I lasted one day) The Cleansing Diet, a three day diet comprised of only drinking water mixed with lemon juice, maple syrup and cayenne pepper. (I lasted one sip) The Rice Diet, a week long diet comprised of ….you guessed it ….rice. (I lasted two bowls) Followed by all the usual suspects … Atkins, Weight Watchers, The Zone…. (three days, two days, one day).
Dear Ken: I just saw the movie “Water for Elephants.” Tell me about the handsome but villainous dude who played August, the owner of the circus who beat the elephant?
That would be Austrian actor Christoph Waltz, 54, who was born into a theater family. He had a very workmanlike career for 30 years in German film and television, and then director Quentin Tarantino cast him as Col. Hans Landa in “Inglourious B……s,” which made him an international superstar and won him a best supporting actor Oscar. The divorced father of four children speaks German, French and English. He next stars as Cardinal Richelieu in “The Three Musketeers.” Regarding “Water for Elephants,” the Tennessee Valley Railroad Museum in Chattanooga provided a vintage steam locomotive and a three-mile track for the production, which filmed in Chattanooga last July and August. Lookout Mountain also appears in the movie.
By SAM HATCHER
The past Memorial Day weekend, while providing a time for rest and recreation, was also a fitting and appropriate time to remember those who have served in military uniforms and paid the ultimate price while protecting our great country and the many freedoms we enjoy.
But what about today, tomorrow and next week? We tend to place so much importance on a single day when in fact we should recognize these heroes every day of every year.
Lebanon Airport Commission will meet at 4:30 p.m., Thursday, June 2, at the Lebanon Municipal Airport, 760 Franklin Road.
Wilson County Commission’s Law Enforcement Committee will meet at 5 p.m., Thursday, June 2, at the Wilson County Sheriff’s Department to consider budgets.
Joint Economic & Community Development Board Executive Committee will meet at 7:45 a.m., Thursday, June 2, at the JECDB office at 115 N. Castle Heights Ave., Suite 102, Lebanon.
Wilson County Library Board will meet at 5:30 p.m., Monday, June 6, at Lebanon-Wilson County Public Library on South Hatton Street.
Wilson County Board of Education will meet in a work session at 4:30 p.m., Monday, June 6, at the Central Office, 351 Stumpy Lane, Lebanon, to discuss the director of schools evaluation. (The work session was originally scheduled for 4 p.m.) The board’s regular meeting will follow at 5 p.m.
Lebanon City Council will meet at 6 p.m., Tuesday, June 7, in the Town Meeting Hall, City of Lebanon Administration Building at Castle Heights.
By PATRICK HALL, The Wilson Post
After almost five months on the job, Mary Burger, director of Wilson County Animal Control, has big plans for the future of the department and with a new webpage is hoping to increase the department’s effectiveness.
Burger, who was hired in January this year, has been working with and alongside animals for years. She began working with the Wilson County Humane Society in 1996 and left the managerial position to work in the City of Lebanon Animal Control Department in 1999.
After a brief period working in the Codes Department, Burger said she needed to get back to doing what she loved, working with dogs and other animals. When Randall Hutto was elected County Mayor in 2010 and made hiring a new Animal Control Director a top priority, Burger seized the opportunity.